Graphics Lecturer Will creates mural at local primary school with Year 5 pupils

In the summer local primary school Robert Le Kyng in Swindon invited Graphic Communication Lecturer Will Chapman to help their Year 5 children with an exciting new mural project for their school.

Will guided the pupils through the Art and Design process, starting with giving them a brief and culminating in them painting a mural in the Year 5 corridor.

A thrilled Year 4 teacher Amanda Snaith said, “It was a brilliant experience which was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and children alike and I am hoping to repeat the process next year with another group of children and a different corridor in the school!”

Will explains, “Whilst working with the children, I was completely awestruck by their enthusiasm and passion for creativity and the Arts. We sometimes forget that there are many real world applications of our creativity, in this instance the creation of a mural. The children took this idea and began to understand the effects that art and design can have on the wider community, for us it was the task of brightening up the environment surrounding the year 5 classrooms and giving the students a sense of pride and accomplishment.

We can create, and should continue to foster this most natural human ability. The Year 5 students reminded me of how a youthful sense of wonder and excitement at the thought of painting the wall could ignite so much potential within us. This was further evidenced when the children were invited to Cirencester College for a creative workshop and tour where their behaviour was exceptional. They demonstrated excellent manners, strong questioning and expansive creativity. It was an amazing visit and they were a credit to Robert Le Kyng. In conclusion, I would like to thank all the staff and students at Robert Le Kyng for making my experience fun, comfortable and enriching, even when we were taking over the corridor! I hope our work leaves a lasting impression on all who visit.”

For more information please contact will.chapman@cirencester.ac.uk.